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Unread 03-18-2011, 03:41 AM   #1
TheDragonfly
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Location: The Woodlands
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TheDragonfly's build

This first post will be reserved for an updating list of all the mods to the jeep ...

On/In Vechicle:
Body:
Original: Patriot Blue Paint;
Mod: Bestop Sailcloth Soft top; Black Diamond
Mod: Front fenders; krylon fusion black
Mod: Painted Rear fenders; krylon fusion black
Mod: Trimmed fenders by 1"
Mod: JKS 1.25 Body Lift;
Mod: New Windshield; Factory Tinted to AS1 line
Mod: Silblade Silicone Wipers

Underhood:
Original: 4.0 I6 Engine
Miles: approx 130,000 miles ,
Fluid: Mobile 1 high mileage oil;
Filter: Mobil 1
Mod: JKS motor mount;
Mod: Autolight sparkplugs;
Mod: Goodyear Gatorback Serpentine Belt;
Mod:Optima Yellowtop;

Transmission;
Original: 3-Spd. Automatic 32RH Transmission; Fluid: Mopar ATF4+,
Mod: Polyurethane Trans Mount;
Mod: Rebuilt
Mod: Relocated stock breather vent.

Transfer Case:
Original: NP231
Fluid: Mopar ATF+4

Axles;
Original: Dana 30; 3.73 gear ratio,
Fluid: Mobile 1 75w-90,
Mod: Spicer 5-760x Ujoints,
Mod: Lubelocker reusable Gasket,
Mod: Spartan Automatic Locker
Mod: Outer axle tube seals
Original: Dana 44; 3.73 gear ratio,
Fluid: Mobile 1 75w-90,
Mod: Lubelocker reusable Gasket

Brakes;
Fluid: Prestone Dot3 Fluid
Mod: Hawk front brake pads;
Mod: Goodridge Stainless front extended brakes lines
Mod: Goodridge stainless rear extended brakes lines
Mod: Speedbleeder screws


Suspension:
Mod: AEV 3" Front Springs, powdercoated gray,
Mod: AEV 3" Rear Springs, powdercoated gray,
Mod: OME N66L Front Shocks ,
Mod: OME N67 Rear Shocks,
Mod: Currie front upper control arms; currie johhny joint, 15"
Mod: Currie rear upper control arms; dual currie johnny joint, 13.25"
Mod: Rokmen front lower control arm; Currie johnny joint, clevite rubber, 16"
Mod: Rokmen rear lower control arm; Currie johnny joint, clevite rubber, 16"
Mod: JKS front trac bar; currie johnny joint, clevite rubber,
Mod: JKS bump stops; lowers, aluminum; 2" Front, 1" rear
Mod: Currie bumpstop; uppers, polyurethane rubbers and aluminum spacer;
Mod: Currie Antirock;

Steering:
Mod: PSC Steering Gear with Cylinder Assist ports
Mod: Currie Tie Rod and Draglink
Mod: Monroe Steering Stabilizer

Tires:
Mod: Goodyear MT/R Kevlar; 33x12.5xR15

Wheels:
Mod: American Racing Chamber; Teflon coated, 15'' x 8'' Wheels; 3.75" backspacing

Armor:
Mod: Hanson Front 52" Winch Guard Bumpers; 3/16" steel 77lbs., powdercoated, black
Mod: Hanson Rear Tire Carrier; 3/16" steel 190 lbs, powdercoated, black
Mod: Rokmen Trail Corners; 3/16" steel, 5/16" stainless hardware, rustoleum satin black,
Mod: Solid Differiental Cover; Dana 30; Cast Iron, powdercoated, gray/black
Mod: Solid Differiental Cover; Dana 44; Cast Iron, powdercoated, gray/black
Mod: Rokmen Sliders with internal brace kit; 3/16" steel, 5/16" stainless hardware, 3/16" backing plates

Interior:
Original: RollBar Padding; black
Original: Kaki interior
Mod: Re-painted interior; Krylon for plastic: black.
Mod: Monstaliner floor and tailgate; 1 gallon kit, black
Mod:Iggee Front Seat Covers; pleather; black
Mod: Kolpin RhinoXL Grips; top roll-bar as gun rack
Mod: Rugged Ridge Fire Extinguisher Holder; black; top rollbar
Mod: Husky Front Floor Mat; black
Mod: Husky Rear Floor Mat; black
Mod: Husky Cargo Floor Mat; black
Mod: Removed rear seats
Mod: (changed) Mod: (2) 28 gal. actionpacker; in place of rear seats
Mod: (2) 28 gal. actionpacker; in place of rear seats
Mod: Raingler net; RPBX Roll bar to Tailgate Net
Mod: Safari Straps net; 3 piece window set
Mod: Safari Straps; door limiter straps
Mod: Stainless Eyebolts in hardtop mounting holes
Mod: Walmart 1" marine drainplugs in front

Lights:
Mod: KC 130 Watt; windshield; h3 bulbs
Mod: Delta Quadbar Headlights; h4 bulbs
Mod: Blue LED gauge cluster; superbrightleds.com
Mod: Blue LED trans lights; superbrightleds.com
Mod: KC 55watt 6x9; Reverse lights; h3 bulbs
Mod: KC 55watt 6x9; Third brake light; Red Lens; h3 bulb
Mod: Savvy LED Tailights;
Mod: Rockhard LED License plate light;

Security:
Mod: Smittybilt Locking Glovebox;
Mod: Tuffy locking center console;
Mod: Rampage Locking Gas Cap;

Audio:
Mod: Alpine CDA-9883 Stereo;
Mod: Kicker 8" Sub;
Mod: Polk 5.25" Speakers;
Mod: Polk 4.25x9 Speakers;

Communications:
Mod: Cobra 75 CB;
Mod: Firestick 3' Antenna;
Mod: Firestick SS Mount;
Mod: Truckworld Chrome Antenna Spring;

Recovery Gear:
Mod: Superwinch 10,000 LP; 85' 3/8 steel cable, waterproof solenoid
Mod: (2) 25' Tow Strap; 20,000lb WLL
Mod: (4) Tractor Supply 3/4" Shackles; 7/8" Pin; 6Ton WLL
Mod: 42" ATV Hilift Jack;
Mod: 3' Utility Shovel;

Other Gear Currently in Vehicle:
Mod: (2) 2 litre Camelbaks in seat pockets
Mod: 5lb aluminum C02 tank; 15' 200psi hose; Campbell Hussfeld tire inflator with gauge
(4) 24' bungee cord
(2) Masterlock padlocks
6' security cable
(2)20' 10,000lb Ratchet Straps
72 hour survival kit, to much to list.
Old Hickory Hatchet
I bottle of all fluids (6q. oil,g. antifreez, brake fluid, power steering..etc.)
(2) Spare Spicer 5-760x axle ujoints


Tools I own:
Universal Oil Filter Wrench
Craftsman 258 Piece Set; 1/4 ratchet, 3/8 ratchet, 1/4 ratchet, sockets 6pt and 12pt standards and deep sockets 1/4" - 11/16, 5-19mm, combination wrenchs, screwdriver and bits, 3 universal joints, 4 extension bars,
Craftsman 15" 3/8" flex ratchet;
Craftsman 20" 1/4" drive breaker bar
Craftsman 10 in. and 12 in. adjustable wrenches
Craftsman 5 piece Damaged Bolt/Nut Remover;
Craftsman Ignition wrench set;
Craftsman 3/8" drive Torx t5 - t55 set
Craftsman long 12 piece Allen wrench; sae
Craftsman long 12 piece Allen wrench; metric
Craftsman 3 piece Plier set; 8 in. long nose, 6-3/4 in. slip joint, and 9-1/2 in. arc joint.
Craftsman 6 pc.standard 3/8" drive Hex sockets; 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 in;
Craftsman 5lb Deadblow Hammer
(4) Craftsman Pro 3 ton High Lift Jack Stands; 13-7/16" to 21" lift
Craftsman 19.2v Sawsall
Milwalkee sawsall blades
Craftsman 19.2v 1/2 Drill
Dewalt Titanium Bits 3/32-7/8"
Craftsman 14 piece standard tap set; 1/4" - 1/2" fine and coarse
Craftsman 3 pc. Deck-Out Screw and Bolt Removers
Craftsman 6ton Bottle Jack; 8.5-16.5" lift range


Wish List:
Superior Shafts
Novak Shifter
AA SYE
Tom Woods Shaft
UCF trans and engine skid


For Sale:
OME rear tracbar bracket


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Unread 03-18-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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My dad passed down to me a blue 01 tj, 4.0 liter, 3spd 32rh, blue exterior, kahki top and interior, a d44 in the rear, 3.73 gears.
This is probably the earliest picture I have.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 04:27 AM   #3
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Being just barely into highschool at the time, I was in a hurry to get it "lifted". Not only was the locker room a place where size was of concern but now it was also our vehicles. It wasnt before long that I had decided on a 4" pro comp kit I saw in a quadratec catalog at my friends house. I paired it with 33x12.5" BFG all terrains, like that of my friends jeep. And then it called for new wheels with proper backspacing, I later found out. So I got American Racing (teflon coated) 15" wheels (3.75 backspacing). It was their color and gear-esque appearance that caught my attention. And what good would a lift do if I couldnt get in to drive, so tube steps from Quadratec were in order. While It might not have been the best of choices, I was still happy to be able to hit the trails with friends for the first time. Also grateful that dad hadn't given me a Honda or something.





Around this time I also added a 8" Kicker sub, Polk front and rear speakers, and an Alpine head unit with ipod hookup.
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Unread 03-18-2011, 04:51 AM   #4
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Later I found out the limitation of a jeep in the woods at night. After a couple unexpected run-ins with the deep end of the mud while in 2wd, and a tree branch that jumped out and cracked my tailight lens and put two quarter sized dents in the rear corner, I decided to look into quadratec again to find some lights. I had decided on KC 130w Long range to put on the headlights, and Delta quad bar h4 replacement headlight housings. Some how there was a mix with with orders and I also got delta driving lights for free. I also orded rear taillight covers and replaced the lens.



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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index3.html#post11275788"]Firestik II and Firefly flex comparison[/URL]
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There was once a peaceful time were people could feel safe in their own homes. And then someone came and screwed it all up. I awoke one morning to a loud sort of commotion going on downstairs, the kind that lets you know something is wrong by the cursing and screaming that is taking place. So I ran down to see what it was about. Only to find, the door to the garage wide open, and as I went through the garage to the driveway, I found my parents outside looking at my jeep, whos doors were wide open, and contents of the center console and glovebox scattered all amongst the yard. We had been robbed. My rear window had been torn by the stitching, where someone climbed in, over the rear seat, into the front, broke into, by screwdriver or some other means, my glovebox and console, stealing 2 ipods, my wallet, which had been left in there by mistake. To make things worse, they use my garage door opener on the sun visor to open our garage, and into our house. Stealing a purse, a camera, and ....wait for it, a 42" tv.....in the middle of the night....while our whole family was sleeping, upstairs. I guess you could call it lucky that they didnt wake up. With enough firearms to fill a military base, it would have been bad if someone had woken up.




Anyways, it was time for a new softtop, and a locking glovebox. I got a black sailcloth from Bestop and a black smittybilt locking glovebox.


For a while I hung a fire extinguisher and tow straps to the rear rollbar with Ubolts, and a Jolly roger with binder clips.

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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index2.html#post11235178"]Hanson Tire Carrier overview[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index3.html#post11275729"]Rollbar Rifle mount in TJ with Kolpin ATV Rhino Grips[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index3.html#post11275788"]Firestik II and Firefly flex comparison[/URL]
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I was starting to really like to new black wheels and black softop, and starting to really hate the interior khaki color. First I pulled out the moldy old carpet and chunked it in the trash. The next major thing I decided to do was paint the dash, inner door panels, and center console with black Krylon fusion. I decided to pull everything out. The whole process turned into a pain staking 3 day affair, an larger undertaking than I thought. At one point my mother felt Id never get it all back together and we might as well call the tow truck. Although I'm still missing some screws, but the end result was well worth it. Ive got photos somewhere of It all but cant seem to find them.



Of course what black dash wouldnt be complete without blue and red LEDS



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Well the time came to change the brakes, theyd been well overdue. I decided to add Goodridge stainless steel extended brake lines, and paint the new rotor and old calipers. Id never worked on brakes before but Id found 4x4xplor.com by this time and followed the guidelines there. I also went with the Preformance Friction pads he'd recommend in the article, which did feel like a step up from stock, without a heavy price tag.





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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index2.html#post11235178"]Hanson Tire Carrier overview[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index3.html#post11275729"]Rollbar Rifle mount in TJ with Kolpin ATV Rhino Grips[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/thedragonflys-build-1183537/index3.html#post11275788"]Firestik II and Firefly flex comparison[/URL]
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Unread 03-18-2011, 06:34 AM   #8
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Around christmas I found some good deals on Northridge4x4.com and got a few things for myself including JKS quicker disconnects, a JKS adjsutable track bar and also a replacement stock pitman arm to replace the dropped one that was causing me trouble. I also was given jackstands and a jeep sign from my parents, and a big set of craftsman tools from my girlfriend, shes a keeper.
With some combination of the the new trackbar, discos and stock pitman arm, it cured the loud popping noise I use to have when turning, and a minor case of DW id been having.



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The other thing Id gotten for Christmas/Birthday was a new front bumper. Id long had my eyes set on the Hanson 52" Winch guard bumper. The biggest reason being the overall shape and aesthetics of the bumper.

The bumper has 45 forms in the lower face of the bumper. This form allows for great approach angles. The winch deck has a recess built into it to accommodate the cooling fins and longer motor of the Warn HS9500I and the 9500Ti. The bumper has the standard 4 ” x 10” bolt pattern pre-cut holes in the bumper. The winch bar is constructed of 1 ” diameter x .120 wall tubing and is angled forward and welded for strength.There are two Clevis tabs to be used with the popular 3/4” Clevis shackle with a 7/8” screw pin. The tabs are 1” thick and are drilled for the 7/8” pin. Theyve received about 10 ” of ” wide continuous weld. They are also placed approximately 2” off of the front center section of the bumper on the wing face. This points them 16 side ways to relieve the Clevis of stress created from a side pull. If a straight pull is done, 16 is not going to stress a Clevis. Theoretically, there would be a 64 range of motion for the cable. 32 on each side of center line. The bumper comes in a black semi-gloss powder coat, with an aluminum name plate attached onto the driver side wing.

It fits TJs, YJ and CJs.

shipping weight = 74lbs. Not for the weight watcher.

It shipped with grade 5 hardware, but I felt it necessary to upgrade to some grade 8.



I love that it mentions Made in USA on it.








I got the black and yellow zinc shackles at the local tractor supply. I put rubber grommets on them, to keep any rattling at bay since Ill probably just be leaving them on all the time.


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Unread 03-18-2011, 09:36 AM   #10
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Unread 03-19-2011, 01:24 AM   #11
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It then came time for a diff fluid change. I also wanted to add diff covers and found a good deal on a pair from Solid axle industries, $120 for a pair. I really dig the aggressive two tone hammered powder coating on these things.








The front change was simple after Id gotten a bigger deadblow hammer from sears. Unfortunately a bolt broke off in my rear when removing the stock cover and I had to get help extracting it and helicoiling it to finish the job.

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I had to get ride of the last bit of kahki..the seats. I ended up deciding on Iggee seat covers becuase of the good things Id heard on here. Im really glad I didnt go with a neoprene. The pleather look is sexy as hell.
It also doesnt seem to get as hot as the stock fabric seats did. The only thing I dont like about them is that theyre attachment points are pretty weak, just stretchy loops, held together by an oversized paperclip. They also didnt cover all the kahki color, on the lowest portion on the rear of the front seats. The rear seat, however fits like a glove and has a zipper down one side thats really keeps it on tight.




Also I mounted a gun rack between my rollbar using zip ties and very large pliers. In addition to holding rifles, I soon discovered that in combination with bungee cords it would safely hold my guitar in transit to band practice. (its an Ibanez Prestige RG2550EGK for anyone who cares to know)




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I guess you could call this completion of PHASE 1

Around this time I took it to the beach to camp for a week with some friends.



On the long ride home, id discovered my air conditioning switch went out at position 3 and 4, and my jeep was overheating, so it would have been a pretty miserable drive home.

I pulled it into a firestone on the way, and they pointed out the leaking thermostat. They wanted to charge $250 to do it, so I went across the street to autozone. Bought the parts and borrowed some tools and changed it in their parking lot. I think I came out under $50.

I later replaced the blower switch and added some relays and 12 guage wire to keep it from overheating again.
It has worked well, I havent had to replace the switch, but I do have a problem with it sort of turning itself off every 5 minutes, which I suppose is a good cooling solution, but sort of annoying. It could be that my wiring is wrong.


I also found this plug overheating too not sure how to fix that

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Starting PHASE II

After discovering the Monstaliner deal here on jeepforum I just had to get it to complete the interior.
I spent 3-4 days on the whole process of stripping the interior, hand sanding, painting, drying and reinstalling since I was working alone. I used little rolls of foam tape to plug all the threaded holes.

Id recommend buying good gloves to handle the MEK, which I picked up at ACE Hardware. The stuff was so nasty it soaked right through latex gloves Id grabbed from the last doctor visit. It probably didnt help when I spilled half the can all over my shirt.

Other than that the only problem I had was with the rollers breaking apart. I hadnt ordered any more rollers and only had two to work with. Because I had started from front to back, I ended up with a more rough texture in the rear wheelwells and tailgate from large flakes of roller material and the inherit tackyness once the mixed solution had began to dry in the roller tray. I wanted that gritty sandpaper type texture on my door sills so I "drybrushed", or rolled over lightly the tacky drying paint, to pull out a similar but more unified texture with good results for slip resistance.

I added new Husky floor liners on top to help with the floor heat.











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The next thing I needed was to start to work on redoing my suspension.

The problem was, being a student I didnt have alot of cash, especially all at one time. I had to start selling old hobbies, and trying to hunt down the best deals on ebay, craigslist, and jeepforum classifieds.

First thing I picked up from a local guy on Jeepforum was a set of front and rear ROKMEN lower control arms with Johhny Joints and Rubber, for $400. That saved me a bunch on the shipping.








I got so excited I went ahead and installed the front lowers myself on saturday. I just reused the old hardware at this time.





I set them right at 16" eye to eye.

out with the old procomp arms...
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